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PNS Daily News - December 9, 2019 


The Pensacola shooting investigated as an act of terror; Trump faces criticism over so-called anti-Semitic comments; and some local governments adapt to meet the needs of immigrants.

2020Talks - December 9, 2019 


Candidates have a busy week in Iowa, despite a weekend shooting on Pensacola Navy Air Base. Also, candidates start butting heads, notably South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and MA Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Public News Service - PA: LGBTQIA Issues

Juliet Evancho is a senior at Pine-Richland High School and at the center of a current lawsuit about transgender students' rights. (Lambda Legal)

PITTSBURGH – President Donald Trump's action overturning some protections for transgender students does not take away students' rights, according to a lawyer in one Pennsylvania case. A joint letter from the Departments of Justice and Education issued Wednesday said it's up to states and sch

The transgender students in one Pittsburgh-area high school can use only single-stall restrooms, or ones that don't match their gender identity. (sarahmirk/Wikimedia Commons)

PITTSBURGH - A suburban Pittsburgh school district claims it is within its rights to require transgender students to use restrooms and locker rooms that don't match their gender identity - or to use totally separate facilities. The Pine-Richland School District asked a federal court on Monday to di

Elissa Ridenour, 18, says she has been using the girls restrooms without incident since she entered high school. (Lambda Legal)

PITTSBURGH – Three transgender high school seniors are taking their school district to federal court over its newly-enacted restroom policy. Three weeks ago, the Pine-Richland School Board passed a resolution prohibiting transgender students from using restrooms that match their gender identit

Melissa Sklarz is one of more than 25 transgender delegates at the DNC. (MSklarz)

PHILADELPHIA -- The diversity of delegates to the Democratic National Convention stands in sharp contrast to last week's Republican Convention in Cleveland. There were 18 African American delegates at the RNC - less than one percent of the total. But at the Democratic Convention, there were 71 Afr

Twelve percent of transgender people were harassed, attacked or sexually assaulted in public bathrooms in the past year. (Fairness.org)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A national television ad depicting transgender discrimination is set to air on Fox News during the Republican National Convention next week. In the ad, a restaurant manager blocks a transgender woman from using the women's restroom. Mara Keisling, who heads the National C

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled for marriage equality, but LGBT activists maintain there still is work to do.  (Ted Eytan/Wikimedia Commons)

PHILADELPHIA - The oldest summit on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender civil rights will gather in Philadelphia during the Democratic National Convention there next month. Equality Forum will bring together elected officials, newsmakers and experts for four days of panel discussions and commemo

Gov. Tom Wolf signs executive orders banning discrimination against LGBT people. (Equality Pennsylvania)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community gained some protection from job discrimination on Thursday, when Gov. Tom Wolf signed two executive orders providing people employed by the state or by state contractors with protection from discrimination based on sex

LGBT advocates say the U.S. Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby ruling has encouraged states to expand so-called religious exemption laws. Credit: Skeeze/Pixabay.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania's Religious Freedom Protection Act has been used since 2002 to protect an individual's right to practice their religion, but a new report says laws being introduced around the country may be used to legitimize discrimination. The report from the Movement Advance

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